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Published On: Sun, Nov 23rd, 2014

Don’t impose candidates on us, aspirants warn PDP govs

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

The Conference of Gubernatorial Aspirants of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), North-west zone, had warned the sitting party governors in the zone not to impose or anoint any candidate on them, for the peace and unity of the party.

The Conference stated this in a communiqué released after the emergency meeting of the aspirant held in Kaduna yesterday.

The communiqué which was jointly signed by Ibrahim Aliyu of Kebbi, Senator Ibrahim Ida, Katsina, Hon Felix Hyat, Kaduna and Honourable Abba Anas Adamu from Jigawa state, said it has become imperative to draw the attention of national leadership of the party and general public to a need to ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants so that free and fair primaries could be conducted at all primaries and results will be accepted by the party teaming supporters.

The Conference further disclosed that sitting governors in Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna and Kebbi states were trying to impose themselves or anointed candidates on the people, an action that party faithful viewed as a calculated attempt to frustrate and deliberately compromise the party’s bright chances in the 2015 general elections.

“It is our earnest believes that flag bearers of the party at all levels should emerge through a clear and transparent processes in accordance with provision of the party constitution, rules, regulations and guidance.”

The conference however commended the national headquarters of the party for sending able and competent committee to screen the aspirants, adding that the action of some of the governors who were bent on anointing their choice candidates against the preferred people’s choice, was dangerous to the party.

“The North-west zone, given its historical politics influences, voting strength and the increasing ferocity of the opposition is very critical to the fortune of our party.

“Most regretfully, however, we are constrained to say that the actions of our respective governors in flagrant violation of our party constitution and guidelines, is sure to destroy internal democracy within the Party.

“It is no longer a hidden fact that the Governors have designed and perfected an imposition agenda, by anointing unpopular candidates especially in Jigawa, Katsina and Kebbi states; a move that will be rejected by all party faithful”, it noted.

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